French: Alouette de Gillett German: Gillettlerche Spanish: Alondra de Gillett
Other common names:
Degodi Lark (degodiensis)
Sibbe, Ogaden country, north-west Somalia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. g. gilletti
Sharpe, 1895 – E Ethiopia, NW Somalia and extreme NE Kenya.
M. g. degodiensis
Érard, 1976 – #Rnear Bogol Manyo, in Degodi region of S Ethiopia.
M. g. arorihensis
Érard, 1976 – #RSE Ethiopia and Somalia (except NW).
16–17 cm; 20–26 g. Medium-sized lark with rufous-brown upperparts, broad whitish supercilium and well-marked face. Plumage is largely rufous-brown above;... read more
Little known; reported as calling “dsee-dsit” from elevated perch, usually top of small... read more
Semi-arid savanna and scrub, typically on hard substrates, often near rocky areas; absent from soft... read more
Food and feeding
Beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, grasshoppers (Acrididae) and seeds. Feeds on ground.
Breeds Apr–Jun in Somalia. Monogamous; occurs singly or in pairs throughout year. Displaying male flies up to 100 m above ground for... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common, but thinly distributed and nowhere abundant. Present in Awash National Park, Ethiopia. No obvious threats.
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